THE WAREHOUSE HOTEL, SINGAPORE
why stay here?
● The historic palimpsest that informs the design of this sleek hotel; design and history buffs will appreciate it
● Convenient and interesting location by the river
feel & design
Swanky industrial chic within an older building structure that Singaporean hospitality group Lo & Behold (of the Singapore National Gallery's French restaurant Odette fame) smartly acquired. The space is said to have been a godown, an opium den, and a rave club - quite the history indeed. Local agency Asylum has used dark wood, luxurious copper hardware here and there, and subdued lighting in spades, to achieve the whole moody and hip aesthetic. The lobby is particularly impressive with its dangling wheels-and-pulleys ceiling fixture.
We stayed in a river view loft which had a high ceiling, and true to its name, a river view. Bars on the windows obscured most of it as it did the condensation you can expect in any Singapore hotel thanks to the boiling temperatures outside and the air conditioners indoors, but the river is most certainly right outside. The bathroom didn’t have a tub (though apparently some of the river view lofts do have them, so remember to ask), was quite spacious, but didn’t have enough counter space to stash personal toileteries comfortably. Bang & Olufsen bluetooth speakers in each room and Ashley & Co. bath products from New Zealand (which are purportedly eco-friendly) in dark bottles with lovely scents add to the general luxe and modern feel. Refillable glass bottles of water are a welcome effort at sustainability.
The small restaurant in the lobby, Po, serves simple dishes with a home-cooked feel to them. The menu is touted as a Willin Low creation (founder of the popular Wild Rocket) so our expectations were high. We ended up ordering the barramundi twice in efforts to choose a light and healthy option. We would have liked to add steamed vegetables on the side - an easy enough ask for any restaurant to add even if at an additional cost, but no such choice was available. Breakfast is served at Po as well, though it isn’t particularly memorable. The minibar has some interesting offerings: salted egg yolk flavoured crisps and crushed cacao nib covered almonds for example.
● A small heated outdoor plunge pool which is accessible via a small flight of steps outside
● Lobby bar
Inclined towards a bar-going crowd, not just guests
how do you get here?
A cab or Uber from Changi takes 30-40 minutes depending on traffic.
Please note that photos of the lobby and the facade have been provided by The Warehouse Hotel.